Bach flower remedies find their roots in the work of the English physician Edward Bach, who believed that negative emotional states reduce the bodyís natural resistance to disease. While the mechanisms that connect the mind and body remain under intense study by the scientific community, clinical studies have confirmed that a personís emotional state influences numerous bodily processes through the stimulation or suppression of immune cell activity, adrenal gland hormones, and neurotransmitters. After determining the reason for the patientís emotional discord, the practitioner administers a liquid flower essence, usually placed under the patientís tongue, though the remedy concentrates may be administered in a variety of ways.
Flower remedies do not directly treat a physical condition, but they focus on the patientís emotional state and seek to eliminate the psychological stresses that inhibit the bodyís internal healing processes. Flower remedies are used to heal a wide variety of emotional problems and are often used in conjunction with other treatment therapies.